“O for that night,
when I in him, might live invisible and dim!”
In Days of the Guardian, the character, “The Captain,” has a vast love for poetry and literature, combined with a large memory. He quotes from his faves all the time, as if the words possessed a mind of their own.
Speaking of quotes, it has been said (credit goes to a Charles Caleb Colton) that ‘imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.’ I wholeheartedly agree. Authors have their own favorites and are strongly influenced by other authors. What better way to spread the joy than to sprinkle a novel with their sage wisdom (always giving them the credit, of course…) One of my favorite authors, Madeleine L’Engle, introduced me to Henry Vaughan (quoted above) in her novel, Ring of Endless Light.
Take note of the quotes in The Red String. From Henry Vaughan and C.S. Lewis, to Shakespeare and the Bible, there is much literary wisdom to glean from. If you are strictly a fiction reader, maybe this will give you a sneak peek of literature you never knew about before. Who knows, maybe you are a lover of poetry like The Captain. You just never knew it before!
Literature influences included in The Red String–